The age of red coats and Brown Bess, shakos and bayonets will ever be etched in the collective consciousness as an era of incomparable imagery, astounding history and unstoppable technological development. A line of figures in red coats and gold edging stand sentinel in the drifting smoke from pounding artillery batteries on either flank. A column of French grenadier Guard’s approach in full blazing column, Napoleonic figures marching and singing as they close upon the British line. The insistent rhythm of the regimental drummers commands their feet to double time and the gap between the two groups of figures closes faster. Then, a cry from the redcoats, and a ripple of musket fire crackles from the front line. As soon as they have fired, they drop to their knees and the second rank deliver another barrage of lead ball toward the column of blue clad Napoleonic figures. Soon the two lines meet, and the parade ground precision is lost to the swirling melee of close quarters combat.
Collecting Napoleonic Figures
The massive European infantry armies of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries have long fascinated collectors and diorama artists. It is not for nothing that one of the most popular areas for collectors are Napoleonic figures. Edmonton collectors, much like model enthusiasts the world over, have an enduring love affair with miniature Napoleonic figures and military displays. The period saw the development of standardised equipment, increasingly complex military manoeuvres and an almost obsessive focus on uniform which has cemented the image of the Napoleonic infantryman for all of time. The combination of these and other factors has made collecting Napoleonic figures a rewarding endeavour. With time and effort, it is possible to recreate classic dioramas with pleasing details and respect for history, especially with high quality, handmade Napoleonic figures.
Edmonton Napoleonic Figures
Edmonton is home to many a diorama enthusiast with scene after scene of high-quality metal Napoleonic figures from Alexanders Toy Soldiers. Far from being play-things, these hand finished 54mm figures are presented as highly detailed depictions of historic characters from the Napoleonic era. Among the wide range of Napoleonic figures Edmonton collectors can choose from are individuals from such iconic regiments as the Coldstream Guards, whose action at the chateau of Hougoumont were later heralded by Wellington himself as a turning point in the battle of Waterloo. Another classic group of Napoleonic figures Edmonton collectors will love are the 95th Rifleman Regiment, dressed in their divisive green uniform and armed with their deadly new Baker rifles. The range of figures include members of the highly effective skirmisher regiment in various unique positions including prone sniping using a shako as a gun rest and the recently developed seated pose with the figures using their crossed legs to steady their rifle.
Whether just starting your collection, or if you have many years of experience, Alexanders Toy Soldiers are the obvious choice for anyone who wants Napoleonic figures, Edmonton or elsewhere. Visit the site for the full selection.